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Tel Aviv’s Modern Mix

This past Tuesday for our ICC tiyul (field trip) we went to Tel Aviv. We went first to Nachlat Binyamin, the artists market of Tel Aviv. Later, we had a scavenger hunt in the surrounding area, which included Shenkin Street Rothschild Boulevard. Nachlat Binyamin was...

L’Shana Haba’ah B’Yerushalayim

This year on TRY I celebrated Passover in Israel for the first time. I was really excited and was looking forward to not only the kosher for Passover food, but also being able to spend time with family and friends. I was in Jerusalem for the...

Gadna Through the Eyes of an American Teenager

Last week TRY had four long and exhausting days at the Sde Boker Gadna base in the Negev. We were there to experience Gadna, an Israeli military program that helps young teens prepare for the IDF. When we arrived at the base, we quickly grabbed our...

A Reluctant “Soldier” Awarded For Excellence

Even before TRY even started, the thought of Gadna terrified me. I have never been a very athletic person, so having to run everywhere within a certain time freaked me out a bit. It's not surprising that on our first day on the Gadna base,...

From Darkness Into Light

As we stepped off the bus on Thursday, April 7th, it was around 4:30 in the morning, and pitch black. The ICC teachers told us not to turn on our flashlights so as to not ruin our "night vision." We gathered our senses outside of...

Poland Journey 2

My experience in Poland has not been at all what I expected. I expected to feel a sudden surge of sadness upon arrival, and to immediately be able to empathize with the six million Jews who perished. But this was not the case. It took...

Poland Journey 1

The most surprising thing about TRY's journey to Poland, and what made the trip so meaningful for me, was discovering that Jewish life in Poland is about life, and not only death. This was demonstrated best on Friday as our group welcomed Shabbat with the Kraków...

A Hand, A Name and A Box of Hamentashen

Last Tuesday we visited Yad Vashem as an introduction to our upcoming Poland Masa (Journey). When you first walk into the museum it is striking. The building's triangular shape makes you feel trapped, but it is still light and airy enough so that it creates...

How a Visit to Mea Shearim Changed My View of Haredi Jews

Haredi Judaism is not always something looked upon positively by Jews in the Conservative, Reform, and even Orthodox communities. "Haredi" is a term some of us avoid mentioning, unless it is to denounce ultra-Orthodoxy or to separate ourselves from its practitioners - "I'm not one...

A Step Toward Peaceful Dialogue

An important part of TRY is learning to cope with the violence that often plagues Israel. It is tough for me to adjust to living in a place where violence is almost a daily occurrence. I must constantly prevent myself from becoming numb to the...